Fairfield Inn & Suites

Pittsburgh, PA





AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

After completing my coursework for AE 481W & AE 482, I feel that senior thesis has allowed my education in Architectural Engineering to grow. This senior thesis project has allowed me to utilize everything I have learned throughout the past five years. It has given me the opportunity to practice structural design in real world applications. The project has exposed me to real engineering problems, and allowed me to work through possible solutions through independent studies. The course has prepared me to enter the work force and enabled me to be more confident as a structural engineer. It has also taught me how to effectively interact with industry members and network within the engineer industry. Over all, thesis has successfully prepared me to be a well-rounded Architectural Engineer.


CPEP Reflection

The Capstone Project Electronic Profile (CPEP) was a useful tool for students. It allowed us to display our work in a professional manner and market ourselves to potential employers. I think the use of the CPEP site was crucial throughout our studies. The CPEP discussion board helped us contact industry members in answering any questions we may have relating to our project. The practicing professional’s responses were extremely helpful throughout the analysis of the existing structures and in redesigning our buildings. Thank you to all the design professionals that took part in the discussion board.


ABET Outcome Survey

Important Note:  These outcomes reflect a personal (student) assessment of the course, not the instructor's assessment.

ABET Outcomes
for AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable

Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated

More than minimum level of ability demonstrated

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


b. An ability to analyze and interpret data





c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs


e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems





f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


g. An ability to communicate effectively


h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context


i. An ability to engage in life-long learning


j. A knowledge of contemporary issues


k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice





o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program


p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects

















This page was last updated on April 25, 2010, by Amanda Smith and is hosted by the AE Department ©2010

User Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Amanda Smith. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.